The Crossing

"The Crossing" tells of two Dutch girls in 1970 who come looking for work on the DFDS ferry- it is In North Shields they meet Mickey Boom Boom McCabe a local boxer who helps them find digs in Whitley Bay- one of the girls becomes romantically involved with Nigel Worthington a local business man and crook when she is working with her friend in the Rex Hotel as a receptionist. Worthington set up another boxer Jeff Decker when Jeff goes to collect a strange package he opens it to discover two kilo's of coke. He recuts the coke and sells it. Worthington finds out and Jeff ends up in hospital with a broken jaw and several ribs. Mickey McCabe rallies his boxing friends together where they mete out their kind of punishment- Mickey is forced to move to London and gets involved with the underworld after Worthington seeks revenge- Can Mickey fulfil his dream and become the welterweight champion of the world- in this story which will take you around the North East - London and Zaandam in Holland.

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He gathered all of his belongings and some Chocolates for Britta, Dani, and her mother Greta; he was going to bring flowers; but in a country where flowers are in abundance he decided against it. He remembered to bring pipe smoking tobacco for Arjan her father. For Pieter he bought him a waist coat, he guessed the size from the description Britta gave him.

It was ten twenty when he boarded the bus and he looked at how different the country was to his own. The houses, the towns were beautiful.

After seeing all the tulip fields he was glad that he didn’t bring flowers. He loved the windmills and the small farms. This was definitely the place that one day he would settle down and live.’ They passed Zaandijk so he knew that Zaandam it wasn’t far from there. The people on board the bus were excited too. Some for all the wrong reasons; they talked about the red light district and the marijuana smoking. A lot of people took advantage of the relaxed laws on smoking cannabis and legalised prostitution. Many a boy had gone to Amsterdam to lose his virginity.

The bus pulled in a Zaandam and Mickey got off he stretched his legs then looked for a call phone.

He dialled the number and it was Greta who spoke;

Hello Greta, this is Mickey could you ask Britta to come to the phone please.

Greta passed on the message and Britta answered.

Hello Mickey, did you win?

“Yes in the second round.’ “

“Tell me all about it Mickey, I want to know everything.’

“I will tell you when I see you.’

“Are you coming over Mickey?

“Britta I’m standing in Zaandam now I just got off the coach. Can you pick me up?

“I will be with you in a minute my darling oh I love you.’

Mickey could hear Britta tell her mothering Dutch that Mickey had come to see her.’

“Pieter,’ can you drive me into town to pick up Mickey please.’

 “Come on then said Pieter picking the keys to the truck.

She slid into the seat beside her brother and her heart was beating so fast she looked in the mirror at herself and arranged her hair then applied a little lipstick.

“Can’t you drive any faster Pieter?

“Not without breaking the speed limit.’

Ten minutes later they spotted Mickey sitting on a wall next to the phone box.

Britta leaned over and honked the horn.

Mickey turned to see Britta getting out of the truck and running with her arms held out towards him.

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